Category: External News

Recruitment: Training boost for meat industry staff

Anyone with a passion for the livestock and meat industries, or those with an interest in getting involved, have the chance to bolster their knowledge, boost skills and build new networks at the upcoming ICMJ Northern Conference. Source: Beef Central Recruitment: Training boost for meat industry staff

Forward wool trading hit by currency movement

WOOL forward markets continued to trade in premium early this week across all microns and maturities, but pulled back against modest demand and as the Australian dollar strengthened against the US currency. Source: Sheep Central Forward wool trading hit by currency movement

WA Merino breeder Steven Bolt to lead 2021 WoolPoll

WESTERN Australian Merino breeder Steven Bolt has been elected as chairman of the 2021 WoolPoll Panel. Source: Sheep Central WA Merino breeder Steven Bolt to lead 2021 WoolPoll

Cattle scale operator convicted and fined over NLIS

A cattle scale operator and his business have been found guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court for failing to record the movement information of cattle sold through a number of the scales run by the accused. Source: Beef Central Cattle scale operator convicted and fined over NLIS

Weekly property review: New England attractive to southern buyers seeking to relocate and expand

A cooler climate, reliable rainfall and perceived value for money are some of the key drivers for southern producers considering the financial viability and attraction of expanding, by relocating to the New South Wales’ New England region. Source: Beef Central Weekly property review: New England attractive to southern buyers seeking to relocate and expand

‘Golden era’ for North Qld grazing property market

For the first time last year, forest country land values on average outstripped Mitchell grass downs areas in North and northwest Queensland, a recent analysis by valuer Herron Todd White shows. Source: Beef Central ‘Golden era’ for North Qld grazing property market

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 February 2021

A PERSISTENT trough brought moderate to heavy falls to northern Australia, while a Tasman low generated moderate falls along the northern coast of New South Wales. Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 February 2021

New WA feedmill to target sheep and cattle pellet market

A NEW feedmill is to be built at Cuballing in the Western Australian wheatbelt to supply 180,000 tonnes per year of pellets for sheep and cattle. Source: Sheep Central New WA feedmill to target sheep and cattle pellet market

Less competition drags saleyard lamb prices back

SLAUGHTER lamb and mutton prices generally eased in several saleyards this week as not all processors or supermarkets operated in all centres, and restocker demand and quality varied. Source: Sheep Central Less competition drags saleyard lamb prices back

Short-tailed Merino ewes were ‘the buy of the day’ at Parkdale

TRANGIE wool grower Tim Burns has paid just $230 for the first offering of short-tailed Merino ewes in Australia and he believes he got the deal of the day. Source: Sheep Central Short-tailed Merino ewes were ‘the buy of the day’ at Parkdale

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 February 2021

A persistent trough brought moderate to heavy falls to northern Australia, while a Tasman low generated moderate falls along the northern coast of New South Wales. Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 24 February 2021

Roma store sale 23 Feb 2021: Prices ease in larger yarding

Prices mostly eased across the yarding, but demand remained firm for quality cattle with price fluctuations reflective of quality variations. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 23 Feb 2021: Prices ease in larger yarding

New WA feedmill targets pre-harvest start-up

Patmore Feeds is building its first pelletising plant at Cuballing in WA to held satisfy demand from the sheep and cattle sectors. Source: Grain Central New WA feedmill targets pre-harvest start-up

Dual purpose canola crop breaks Australian record

A NSW mixed farming business has claimed an Australian record with a 7.16 tonnes/hectare crop of dual purpose canola. Source: Grain Central Dual purpose canola crop breaks Australian record

Leucaena success on ‘second rate’ country highlights productivity gain potential

A breakthrough trial which has shown leucaena can be successfully established on second rate gravel ridges is highlighting the potential that exists for producers in many areas to unlock further productivity gains using the tropical forage legume. Source: Beef Central Leucaena success on ‘second rate’ country highlights productivity gain potential

More investment needed to reach $100 billion farmgate output target

AUSTRALIA’S target of $100 billion in farmgate output by 2030 would not be met under existing investment levels, according to a new report released today. Source: Beef Central More investment needed to reach 0 billion farmgate output target

Weekly genetics review: Crossbreeding for profit

Within any herd, the genetic potential to perform needs to be a consideration within the larger picture of enterprise profitability. It is easy to overlook one of the effective genetic opportunities available for producers, which is crossbreeding, says genetics editor Alastair Rayner – but it needs to be approached correctly. Source: Beef Central Weekly… Read more »

ABRI implements advanced prediction model to support large numbers of genotypes for genetic evaluation

The Agricultural Business Research Institute has become one of the world’s first users of the Single Step Genomic Best Linear Unbiased Prediction (GTBLUP method, which allows for an almost unconstrained use of genomic data in calculating Estimated Breeding Values. Source: Beef Central ABRI implements advanced prediction model to support large numbers of genotypes for… Read more »

Focus on optimising genetic evaluation, says Nuffield scholar

Greater focus must be placed on optimising genetic gain through the accurate selection of non-visual profit-driving traits, in order to ensure that the northern Australia’s beef industry is equipped to be profitable and meet evolving social and environmental pressures. That’s the view of 2019 Nuffield Scholar and Western QLD beef producer, Rebecca Burnham, who investigated… Read more »

'Why aren't we cooking them right now?': Risks of importing raw prawns under review

Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud responds to warnings that Australia is being left wide open to aquatic disease outbreaks by announcing an independent advisory group to review his own department’s work. Source: ABC Livestock ‘Why aren’t we cooking them right now?’: Risks of importing raw prawns under review

COVIDSafe fox and wild dog bounties to resume in Victoria

FOX and wild dog bounty collections will resume in Victoria next week, but hunters will have mask up to claim their rewards. Source: Sheep Central COVIDSafe fox and wild dog bounties to resume in Victoria

Leongatha agent wins Victoria’s young auctioneer competition

NUTRIEN South Gippsland Livestock stock agent Jack Ginnane has won the 2020 ALPA Victoria Young Auctioneers Competition on his first attempt. Source: Sheep Central Leongatha agent wins Victoria’s young auctioneer competition

Weekly kill: Slow seasonal start remains stuck in first gear

With just a week remaining in February, eastern Australia is yet to crack a weekly beef kill of 100,000 head, in what amounts to the slowest start to a slaughter year in recent history. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Slow seasonal start remains stuck in first gear

NSW, Vic farmers invited to trial Wi-Fi calling under Federal trial

Australian wireless networking company Zetifi has issued a call out for farmers in New South Wales and northern Victoria to express their interest in trialling Wi-Fi calling as part of a Federal Government-backed program to provide improved phone services for rural and remote areas. Source: Beef Central NSW, Vic farmers invited to trial Wi-Fi… Read more »

Australian Beef Sustainability Framework launches vegetation mapping tool

The Australian Beef Sustainability Framework (ABSF) has today launched an interactive vegetation mapping and reporting tool, which it says is designed to provide the industry and public with the best available national data on the Balance of Tree and Grass Cover. Source: Beef Central Australian Beef Sustainability Framework launches vegetation mapping tool

Sheep Central’s response to Facebook’s ban on news

FACEBOOK’S arrogant and unconscionable decision last week to block Australian news sites from its pages will hurt a lot of information providers, including some rural and regional media. Source: Sheep Central Sheep Central’s response to Facebook’s ban on news

Beef Central’s response to Facebook’s ban on news

Facebook’s arrogant and unconscionable decision last week to block Australian news sites from its pages will hurt a lot of information providers, including some rural and regional media. However Beef Central’s core strategy has always been to focus heavily on building our own audience through email subscribers, and direct-to-website traffic -hence its impact on readership… Read more »

MLA bushfire recovery funding available until 30 June

COMMUNITY groups and organisations that support bushfire-affected red meat producers are being reminded to apply for funding under Meat & Livestock Australia’s ongoing Bushfire Recovery Sponsorship Program. Source: Sheep Central MLA bushfire recovery funding available until 30 June

More investment needed to reach $100 billion farmgate output target

AUSTRALIA’S target of $100 billion in farmgate output by 2030 would not be met under existing investment levels, according to a new report released today. Source: Sheep Central More investment needed to reach 0 billion farmgate output target

Angus takes shearing to LEGO land with woolshed idea

A LEGO woolshed has put Tahara’s Angus Dohle on the path to recognition as a designer, but he needs the help of every Sheep Central reader and their friends. After… Source: Sheep Central Angus takes shearing to LEGO land with woolshed idea

Late-sown sorghum set for a stellar finish

In a dramatic turnaround from a run of drought-affected summers, sorghum crops in the eastern summer farming regions are on track for a promising finish as the main harvest approaches. Source: Grain Central Late-sown sorghum set for a stellar finish

Protein 2021 conference: Feeding changing consumer habits

Global demand for protein is increasing with consumption rising 40 percent since 2000, more than half of which is being driven by Asia, one of several trends will be discussed in depth at the Protein 2021 Conference hosted by TSBE in Dalby on February 24. Source: Beef Central Protein 2021 conference: Feeding changing consumer… Read more »

‘Mind blowing’ Ballarat steer sale

Major lot feeder orders from across the southeastern states set alight a fearless demand for suitable feeder cattle at Ballarat’s annual grown and weaner steer sale on Friday. Source: Beef Central ‘Mind blowing’ Ballarat steer sale

Canned debate: Should Australian supermarket brands use Aussie beef?

The canned corned beef section in Australian supermarkets occupies a tiny portion of aisle space but also raises some larger questions about retailer decisions to stock local versus imported product. Source: Beef Central Canned debate: Should Australian supermarket brands use Aussie beef?

Teys CEO joins new-look AMPC board

Teys Australia chief executive Brad Teys is one of two new high-profile directors joining the board of the Australian Meat Processor Corporation this year. Source: Beef Central Teys CEO joins new-look AMPC board

Thought-provoking ‘Leadership’ theme fitting for Beef 2021 symposium

The line-up of guest speakers for the Beef 2021 symposium has been announced, with tickets now on sale. Being held on Monday 3 May, the first day of the event program, the half-day symposium will bring keynote speakers to the fore, canvassing the biggest issues of the day and imparing their leadership experience and wisdom. … Read more »

Recruitment: Are older workers a too-often ignored resource?

Could it be that many companies are ignoring older workers as a valuable resource which could potentially close the current skills gap? Source: Grain Central Recruitment: Are older workers a too-often ignored resource?

Barley or bust: New King Island distillers go with the grain

A dream to build a distillery on the Bass Strait island’s global reputation for fine produce almost ran aground on one key ingredient. Source: ABC Grain Barley or bust: New King Island distillers go with the grain

Country music legend Graeme Connors becomes an 'accidental beekeeper'

Country music legend Graeme Connors and his wife Lyn stumbled upon beekeeping as a hobby. Now Connors says it’s become a “secret handshake” in the country music industry. Source: ABC Livestock Country music legend Graeme Connors becomes an ‘accidental beekeeper’

Remote workers use photography to share their extraordinary offices

From the remote outback to the deep, blue waters of the Gulf of Carpentaria, some Australians have very different workplaces to the offices, warehouses and building sites most of us are used to — and a few of them are using photographs to share their unique ways of life. Source: ABC Livestock Remote workers… Read more »

Young cattle prices rise in 17,867 head AuctionsPlus offering

Sharp price rises were recorded for steers and most heifer weight categories in AuctionsPlus trading this week, after a dip in prices for young cattle the week before. Offerings dropped 8pc across all sales compared with the previous week, to 17,867 head. Source: Beef Central Young cattle prices rise in 17,867 head AuctionsPlus offering

Strong wool auctions put forward markets in premium

ANOTHER strong week on the spot wool auction market helped keep the forward markets in premium as hedging levels broke through some grower’s initial target levels. Source: Sheep Central Strong wool auctions put forward markets in premium

NSW Farmers welcomes crackdown on biosecurity breaches

NSW Farmers has welcomed a crackdown on biosecurity breaches, as the Australian Government acts to further bolster protection from growing pest and disease threats. Source: Sheep Central NSW Farmers welcomes crackdown on biosecurity breaches

Australian wool prices rebound with better competition

WOOL prices rose strongly this week, driven by interest from multiple buying companies, according to the Australian Wool Exchange. AWEX’s weekly report said strong spirited bidding helped to push prices… Source: Sheep Central Australian wool prices rebound with better competition

Australian grower bodies plan wool awareness initiatives

AUSTRALIAN wool grower bodies are planning international campaigns for their fibre highlighting its high quality and sustainability, industry animal welfare practices and health, disease and biosecurity systems. Source: Sheep Central Australian grower bodies plan wool awareness initiatives

New Australian sheep meat and beef processing joint venture deal

BRAZILIAN meat packer Minerva Foods has signed an agreement with the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company for the possible acquisition of Australian assets and establishment of a joint venture to process sheep meat and beef. Source: Sheep Central New Australian sheep meat and beef processing joint venture deal

Vietnam trade slowdown expected as second COVID wave grows

Export demand for cattle to Vietnam is expected to slow significantly in coming months after a second-wave coronavirus outbreak dramatically halted beef sales during a recent national holiday. Source: Beef Central Vietnam trade slowdown expected as second COVID wave grows

Feedgrain Focus: Wheat, barley prices firm

Logistics are factoring into prices, northbound road freight hard to get and consumers paying more for small wheat and barley parcels. Strong sorghum demand has Brisbane running hot. Source: Beef Central Feedgrain Focus: Wheat, barley prices firm

Red meat, green facts – embracing the emissions challenge

The cattle industry has grown a little too accustomed to seeing negative headlines around red meat’s impact on our environment, and not enough coverage of the positive, proactive steps the industry is taking, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Jason Strong writes in this guest post. Source: Beef Central Red meat, green facts –… Read more »

Minerva deal with SALIC steps closer to Australian processing investment

Brazilian red meat processor Minerva has signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding with Saudi investor, the Saudi Agricultural and Livestock Investment Company (SALIC) aimed at the possible acquisition of processing assets in Australia and the formation of a joint venture focussed on breeding, farming, processing and exporting sheep and cattle. Source: Beef Central Minerva… Read more »

MLA to focus on ‘redefining resilience’ in Beef 2021 presence

The red meat industry’s service delivery company, Meat & Livestock Australia, will have a prominent presence across the Beef 2021 event in Rockhampton in May, focussing on the collective theme of ‘redefining resilience.’ What does it mean to red meat producers? In 2021 and beyond, resilience must evolve to fit a new set of challenges,… Read more »

Recruitment: Are older workers a too-often ignored resource?

Latest listings on Jobs Central recruitment page: Operations Coordinator, Brisbane – AAM Investment Group Assistant Farm Manager, NSW – MH Premium Farms Chief Financial Officer, Feedlot – via Lucas Group… Source: Sheep Central Recruitment: Are older workers a too-often ignored resource?

Recruitment: Are older workers a too-often ignored resource?

Many sectors of agriculture report difficulty in sourcing skilled workers in today’s employment market, and yet there is a tendency to overlook older employees and/or favour employment of younger people and train them rather than investing in training or retraining of older workers. Could it be that many companies are ignoring older workers as a… Read more »

Cattle numbers on feed remain above one million head – surprising some

Cattle numbers on feed in Australian feedlots remained above one million head in the December quarter, results released from the latest quarterly feedlot industry survey show. The survey reported that total numbers on feed across Australia in December was 1.048 million head, a 37,985 head increase from the September quarter. The number has surprised some… Read more »

Female slaughter gives guidance to national herd rebuild

In this article, Thomas Elder Markets’ Matt Dalgleish looks for evidence of green sprouts in the national beef herd rebuild, using female slaughter numbers for guidance… Source: Beef Central Female slaughter gives guidance to national herd rebuild

Cattle Council of Australia president’s new frontier

From his upbringing on a broiler chicken and cattle farm in the heavy winter rainfall region of Gippsland to his 40 years in the monsoonal summers of the Top End, Markus Rathsmann brings a unique degree of experience and perspective to his new role as President of the Cattle Council of Australia. Source: Beef… Read more »

Khapra beetle – the story so far

If khapra beetle was to establish in Australia, many trading partners would reject stored produce from Australia, causing huge losses and affecting the economy. Source: Grain Central Khapra beetle – the story so far

Government rules out Murray Basin rail gauge standardisation

The Victorian government says standardisation of the Sea Lake and Manangatang rail lines will not happen under the Murray Basin Rail Project, in a blow to farmers and freight operators. Source: ABC Grain Government rules out Murray Basin rail gauge standardisation

New Bill aims for tougher penalties for biosecurity breaches

The Australian Government is cracking down further on those who flout our biosecurity laws, with legislation introduced today giving courts access to higher penalties that reflect the true seriousness of non-compliance.  Source: Beef Central New Bill aims for tougher penalties for biosecurity breaches

Bait spreaders essential tool in fight against mouse outbreak

Mouse bait spreaders are proving an essential investment for farmers battling to control a severe outbreak of the pest throughout eastern Australia. Source: Grain Central Bait spreaders essential tool in fight against mouse outbreak

LAWD appoints ‘peri-urban’ property specialists

Peri-urban rural development property around Melbourne is set for a rebound this year, according to two real estate agents and land experts. Source: Beef Central LAWD appoints ‘peri-urban’ property specialists

North Qld Wagyu supply chain invests in extensive Glen Innes backgrounding country

A North Queensland based Wagyu supply chain has made a large investment in backgrounding country on the NSW New England, purchasing the 1935ha Big Ben aggregation near Rangers Valley feedlot to expand its operations. Source: Beef Central North Qld Wagyu supply chain invests in extensive Glen Innes backgrounding country

Historic western VIC property sale underway to MH Premium Farms

Historic south-west Victorian property Minjah is in the process of being sold to the NSW-based company MH Premiums Farms for about $36 million. Source: Beef Central Historic western VIC property sale underway to MH Premium Farms

MLA allows livestock producers to take stock of its research projects

AUSTRALIA’S sheep, goat and beef producers can review Meat & Livestock Australia’s range of completed and in-progress research, development and adoption projects via a new online resource. Source: Sheep Central MLA allows livestock producers to take stock of its research projects

Giant winter crop predicted for Australia

AUSTRALIA’S winter crop production will be the second biggest harvest on record, the national commodity forecaster has predicted. Source: Sheep Central Giant winter crop predicted for Australia

Historic Minjah property sale underway to MH Premium Farms

HISTORIC south-west Victorian property Minjah is in the process of being sold to the New South Wales-based company MH Premiums Farms for about $36 million. The company has refused to… Source: Sheep Central Historic Minjah property sale underway to MH Premium Farms

Trade and heavy lamb prices climb as supplies wane

TRADE lamb prices pushed well over 900c/kg in eastern states’ saleyards this week as numbers dropped in most centres and buyers competed for weight and quality. Source: Sheep Central Trade and heavy lamb prices climb as supplies wane

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 February 2021

TROPICAL lows and surface troughs brought moderate falls to northern Australia, while a cold front and pre-frontal trough generated moderate falls in parts of Central Australia and south-east Australia.   Source: Sheep Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 February 2021

Latest analysis shows undeclared wool risks price discount

WOOL from sheep whose mulesing status is not declared has been discounted by up to 9c/kg recently and the price gap to non-mulesed wool is widening as the Australian auction market improves. Source: Sheep Central Latest analysis shows undeclared wool risks price discount

Camera-based MSA grading becomes a reality

Commercial grading of MSA carcases using objective camera-based systems became a reality in the Australian beef industry for the first time this week, when Teys Australia commenced grading  using an E+V camera at its Wagga processing plant in southern NSW. Source: Beef Central Camera-based MSA grading becomes a reality

Powerful message for meat in major UN-Oxford University consumer survey

Results from the largest ever opinion poll on climate change have just been released by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Oxford University – and buried deep in the report is a fascinating statistic. Source: Beef Central Powerful message for meat in major UN-Oxford University consumer survey

Roma store sale 16 Feb 2021: Prices firm in smaller yarding

Overall prices remained firm, with restocker competition driving prices for limited numbers of light weight yearling steers to a new record high of 710.2c. Source: Beef Central Roma store sale 16 Feb 2021: Prices firm in smaller yarding

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 February 2021

Tropical lows and surface troughs brought moderate falls to northern Australia, while a cold front and pre-frontal trough generated moderate falls in parts of Central Australia and south-east Australia.   Source: Beef Central Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 17 February 2021

Synthetic meat investor Bill Gates calls for rich countries to shift entirely to synthetic meat

Livestock industry leaders have urged Microsoft founder and billionaire philantrophist Bill Gates to undertake more research into livestock production after he called for policies requiring people in rich countries to eat “100 percent synthetic beef”. Source: Beef Central Synthetic meat investor Bill Gates calls for rich countries to shift entirely to synthetic meat

$600,000 grant for agtech device which analyses cow’s breath for pregnancy status

A company developing a hand-held device to determine pregnancy status at an early stage using breath samples from breeding females has earned a $600,000 Commercialisation Grant from the Federal Government. Source: Beef Central 0,000 grant for agtech device which analyses cow’s breath for pregnancy status

Indigenous stock handlers learn their craft in the Red Centre

Indigenous stockmen and women in Central Australia are learning the tricks of the trade that will help find work on a cattle station. Source: ABC Livestock Indigenous stock handlers learn their craft in the Red Centre

Device for preg testing cows given the green light

A prototype of a device that could reshape pregnancy testing for livestock is a step closer to commercialisation. Source: ABC Livestock Device for preg testing cows given the green light

Applications open for Beef Australia 2021 Angus Scholarships

The Angus Foundation’s Beef 2021 Scholarship applications are now open, with Angus Australia set to award three scholarships to members aged 18-30 to attend the industry’s triennial exhibition in Rockhampton from May 2 to 8. Source: Beef Central Applications open for Beef Australia 2021 Angus Scholarships

Weekly genetics review: Are some breeding basics being too easily overlooked?

Selection for growth is a topic that creates significant discussion among cattle producers.  Last week’s genetics column stimulated a number of messages and emails from cattle producers keen to highlight points of view around growth. These points highlighted to me a few areas that are worth revisiting for many producers …  Source: Beef Central … Read more »

Weekly kill: Slaughter cow offers show further softening trend

More Queensland export processors have lowered their cow and bull grid price offers during the past week, in the face of record-high margin losses and flat meat sales demand – especially for manufacturing meat on the international market. Source: Beef Central Weekly kill: Slaughter cow offers show further softening trend

ICMJ locks in exciting schedule for 2021 Northern Conference

Heavy-hitters from across the red meat supply chain are lined up to present at 2021 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Association’s Northern Conference to be held in Rockhampton from 7-10 April. Source: Beef Central ICMJ locks in exciting schedule for 2021 Northern Conference

Wagga sale 15 Feb 2021: Rain strenghtens restocker demand

Steer prices stepped up, pushed along by restockers and feedlots who have dominated weekly prime cattle sales for numbers in the wake of significant rain across the eastern seaboard. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 15 Feb 2021: Rain strenghtens restocker demand

Wagga sale 15 Feb 2021: Rain strengthens restocker demand

Steer prices stepped up, pushed along by restockers and feedlots who have dominated weekly prime cattle sales for numbers in the wake of significant rain across the eastern seaboard. Source: Beef Central Wagga sale 15 Feb 2021: Rain strengthens restocker demand

Winter harvest near record, summer crop on the improve: ABARES

Australia’s winter crop production for 2020-21 has come in as the second biggest harvest on record, while the summer crop season is forecast to be better than last year but still be below average, according to ABARES. Source: Beef Central Winter harvest near record, summer crop on the improve: ABARES